Security forces deployed on Wahat road between Cairo's 6th of October City and Fayoum governorate
CAIRO - 9 April 2019: Egypt Today obtained a copy of interrogations conducted by the Military General Prosecution in lawsuit no. 160/2018 publicly known as “The Attack on the Oasis (Wahat) Mission” involving 53 defendants.
The defendants include 37 who are being prosecuted in custody, 10 fugitives, and six who were released under precautionary conditions.
A National Security officer said that he was assigned along with others to investigate the case, particularly the spheres linked to the dead terrorist leader, Emad el-Din Ahmed Abdel Hamid, AKA Sheikh Hatem.
Investigations indicated that the aforementioned terrorist founded a terror cell called “Tyrants Deterrents Battalions” that is affiliated with Libya’s Islamic Fateh militias linked with Al Qaeda. Through investigations, the officer identified 18 elements tasked by the dead leader to recruit others.
The officer mentioned two names of the 18. Those are Osama Bahr Ahmed nicknamed Youssef, and Nader Abdel Razek Kotb. Both are members of the cell. The former recruited 17 who are Ramez Abdel Fatah Ibrahim, Hazem Hanafy Ahmed, Ahmed Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, Alaa El Din Ibrahim, Mohamed Salah El Sayed, Ayman El Sayed Ahmed, Abdel Rahman Mohamed Zidan, Yasser Ibrahim Fathy, Sherif Kamal El Din, Mohamed Diaa El Din, Ahmed Magdy Abdel Hamid, Hussein Zafer Mohsen, and Mohamed Abdel Moneim El Khodeiry.
Sheikh Hatem was able to get in contact with members of his cell through Instagram and Telegram applications using coded messages. In that way, the leader was able to hold meetings with them avoiding security surveillance.
Sheikh Hatem set up a training campaign for terrorist elements in desert areas in 6th of October City near Al Fayoum road. Those were trained to use arms, and fight in guerrilla wars. The cell’s goal was targeting ambushes, checkpoints, and deployments with the aim of terrorizing citizens, suspending the constitution, and compromising security.
Sheikh Hamed started executing hostile plans as the cell was observing public institutions, security deployments, worship places, officers, soldiers, and judges. Some of those include the Israeli Embassy and the house of the Israeli ambassador, the convoy of former acting President Adly Mansour, former Minister of Justice Ahmed al-Zend, the security deployment stationed in front of former chief of Military Police Hamdy Badin, the Russian Cultural Center, Saint George Jewelry Shop, Banque Misr branch in Sadat City, and the security deployments stationed in front of Al Qoba Castle, Rabaa El Adaweya Mosque, Carrefour, Al Sayeda Al Azraa Church in Nasr City and 26th of July Axis.
Captain Mohamed al-Hayes, officer at October Second Police Department, said that he was among civil police forces executing a mission in Bahareya Oasis to arrest terrorists in hideouts. Once the forces arrived in a site lying between two hills, they were received by a barrage of bullets resulting in the death of a large number of officers. Hayes was abducted but later freed through an operation launched by the Armed Forces and covered by the Air Force.
The National Security Sector at the Ministry of Interior revealed in a report the value and details of arms, ammunition, and supplies that went missing in the mission. Those are worth LE133,870 while vehicles losses are in the value of LE48,500. The Central Security Sector at the ministry announced that Walkie-Talkie losses are estimated at LE20,253.
Defendant Mostafa Mahmoud Mohamed, student at Delta Academy for Computer Science and Information Systems, said he was working while studying to help his family with living expenses. “I have never been interested in politics. In 2015, I was charged with being a member of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood and the acquisition of fireworks to be used in violence,” Mohamed said.
The defendant, who is currently charged with providing logistics support to the cell, adds, “I met a girl called Sara Essam Abdel Aziz Morad. Her father was a member of the brotherhood so she used to take part in the group’s protests in Abou Zaabal. As I used to love her and wanted to see her, I participated in three protests with her in 2015.”
“Protesters used to chant ‘Down with the Military Rule’ but I have never chanted with them. I got arrested in 2015 and was sentenced to two months in prison but the Public Prosecution appealed,” Mohamed said.
When the security forces interrogated him about some terrorists, Mohamed said that he admitted those terrorists used to participate in rallies held by the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, and organized several protests in Abou Zaabal village located in Qalyoubeya governorate.”
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